This program strives to train and support the development of future leaders in medical simulation. Program leadership takes the responsibility of training simulation fellows very seriously. We foster a challenging yet supportive environment. Continuous formative and regularly scheduled summative feedback is employed to ensure reinforcement of strengths and immediate identification of perceived areas of improvement with corrective planning aimed at graduating strong, confident, and well-rounded simulation faculty leaders.
The curriculum for the Medical Simulation Fellowship program at Indiana University School of Medicine is designed to provide a broad range of experiences and skills using Kern’s six-step conceptual framework. Fellows work closely with the program leaders to assist other departments in improving or developing curricula.
Medical Simulation Fellows develop at least one interprofessional simulation session, basic pro forma for a simulation-based business proposal, a sim lab space for a mock future employer, and a formal curriculum using Kern’s six-step approach. They also execute one standardized patient (SP) based scenario.
Upon completion, fellows demonstrate expertise in debriefing and debriefing adjuncts, technical aspects of running and troubleshooting high-fidelity simulators during a formal summative test, key learning theories related to medical simulation, the center based learning management and scheduling system, and the fundamentals of crisis resource management.
Lead and Serve
Throughout the program, fellows lead three in situ simulations in different clinical environments (ER, OR, ICU, office based). They serve as faculty in a debriefing course, a faculty development CME course, and for a special population simulation (disaster, tactical, EMS). Additionally, fellows participate in regular simulation center administration meetings and work with the center director to understand lab budget, finances and the political landscape. They also review five confidential notable national simulation-based consults for large organizations.
Fellows write three accompanying latent safety threat evaluation reports from in situ simulations. Also, they author five novel simulation cases to add to the case bank.
Fellows complete assigned reading from textbooks and selected sentinel simulation projects, a Harvard CMS intensive debriefing course, and one additional intensive simulation faculty development course.